An incredible chapel full of history, this holy site is a must see.
If you are a believer, we highly recommend visiting the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Rich in a history of apparitions and blessings, the Chapel itself is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and is the origin of the Mother House of Daughters Charity. A charity that has since expanded onto five continents spreading the same goal of providing sanctuary and aid to the impoverished for 400 years. The Chapel is the site of holy apparitions and although most commonly known for the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary, on three different successive days Catherine the nun saw a translucent Sacred Heart of Saint Vincent shimmering in three distinct colors: white, red, and black. It is said that the three colors were meant to represent the coming days of strife that France would face and to warn Catherine that her mission was imminent. Catherine and the church were blessed on June 6th, 1830 when it is said that Christ appeared as a crucified kind without adornments. The Chapel is open every day of the week from 7:45 am- 1:00 pm, and 2:30-7:00 pm and masses are offered in various languages throughout the day and upon request. Those seeking a pilgrimage may call the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. Contact information for those wishing to make a pilgrimage to the Chapel of Our Lady the Miraculous Medal can be found here.
The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is most known for the apparition of Virgin Mary, who appeared to a young nun named Catherine on three separate occasions in late 1830’s. Catherine is said to have prayed to the Virgin Mary on the very night that she first saw her holy apparition. On the second occasion that the Virgin Mary appeared to Catherine, she told her to engrave the image of her apparition on one side of a medal and to have her initials encircled by twelve stars, to symbolize the 12 apostles, engraved onto the other side; she told Catherine to make various medals to protect and bring good fortune to all those who wore it around their neck. Although these apparitions were an honor, they also bestowed great responsibility upon young Catherine. Catherine, who later became a saint, was blessed by apparitions in a world truly in need of divine help. France at the time was plagued with epidemics and mass deaths, and although not immediate, the medals were eventually produced in hopes of helping the thousands of French people dying of a widespread cholera epidemic. People were cured of cholera and said to have experienced various other miracles upon wearing these medals. Parisians, then, justly began calling them the miracle medals.
The medals have increasingly grown in popularity as they have proven their miraculous properties throughout the centuries. What once began with a mere 2000 medals has grown to the production of billions of blessed medallions protecting billions of people throughout the world. Although the miraculous medals have protected billions of people throughout centuries, they are not currently free, but in contrast, entry to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is completely free. We recommend you visit the chapel to witness the holy miraculous site for yourself, witness the very spot where these holy apparitions took place. For those who wish to purchase one of these miraculous medals, they are now sold in the Chapel’s gift shop along with other souvenirs from the chapel. After your visit to the Chapel, we also recommend that you visit Paris’ oldest luxurious shopping center, Le Bon Marché, which is conveniently located just down the street.